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12 Reasons We Love Myanmar

Many come to Myanmar hungry for a flavor of bygone Asia. In much of the country, life drifts along much as it has done for centuries. Local traditions and ways of life manifest all around. Examples include the Intha fisherman that ply the waters of Inle Lake, and the countrywide practice of the balletic ball game chinlone.
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Inle Lake, Myanmar (Burma)
I arrive at Nyaung Shwe, Inle Lake’s main development, in the dead of night and immediately book myself into a boat tour of the lake, wondering aloud if the notorious Nayar, a mythical dragon with four legs, still patrols the waters. An old man...
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Nyaung-U, Myanmar (Burma)
You do not want to miss this. We were lucky to be the only two individuals chosen from the standby list on the day we flew over Bagan. The experience is as cerebral as it is exhilarating. The company that operates Balloons Over Bagan makes the...
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No. 124 Pyidaungzu Yeiktha Street, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
In a modern, air-conditioned space that is welcoming to foreigners, Feel serves an astounding variety of traditional Burmese food, from curries and some of Yangon’s best mohinga (the national fish noodle soup) to snake beans served with...
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Burma’s most important Buddhist temple is layered with tons of gold and adorned with thousands of precious gems. Relics enshrined within the stupa include eight strands of hair that belonged to Siddhartha Gautama. Dress conservatively and be...
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Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
As the diner is to the US and the pub is to the UK, so the teahouse is to Myanmar. Gathering spaces serving up steaming hot tea and snacks such as samosas, tea leaf salads and paratha can be found throughout the country. Most are simple places,...
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Myanmar (Burma)
A highlight of the culinary experience in Myanmar are the country's colourful array of salads. Salads, known as thoke, are eaten all day long in the country -- which is no surprise given their diversity. One of the best known salads in Myanmar is...
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Gokhteik, Myanmar (Burma)
The British-built trains in Myanmar are certainly not among the world's most advanced, but they make for a wonderfully leisurely way of experiencing some of the loveliest parts of the nation. One of the most memorable rides is the one between...